About the ICO 

Established in 1992, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) is the recognised training and professional body for medical and surgical eye doctors in Ireland.

In 2018, the ICO marked the very significant milestone of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Irish Ophthalmological Society (IOS), the forerunner to the Irish College of Ophthalmologists.

ICO Mission Statement

The ICO is a registered Irish charity.  We are committed to the advancement and improvement of eye health and patient safety and work to protect, enhance and promote the highest standards in the delivery of eye care.

The delivery of healthcare requires a lifelong commitment to learning and the ICO’s goal is to provide and support education and learning for ophthalmologists in training, in practice and those who work alongside them as they deliver care to patients.

We achieve this by:

Providing the highest standards of excellence in the training and on-going education of ophthalmologists and other medical practitioners 

Advocating on behalf of patients & the specialty to make healthcare safer and better

Collaborating with patient support groups on our shared goals 

Leading on healthcare practice & patient focused policy decisions as a trusted, authoritative voice on public health policy

Educating the public to help increase awareness of good eye care practices

Underpinning all ICO activity is a commitment to:

Integrity acting with openness, consideration and respect

Collegiality supporting trainees and members through all stages of their career

Innovating in the delivery of education & healthcare

Collaboration working with others involved in the delivery of eye health care nationally and internationally